The Art Junket

A gathering of artists



Artists are given a challenge every two months to create a NEW piece of work that incorporates a designated theme. We find that having parameters and accountability help motivate and inspire us. Salons last three to four hours and are often hosted by in a member’s home. During this time each artist shares their artwork and reflects on their creative process. Feedback is welcome and supportive. We also take time to enjoy a small lunch together.

3 Years of Art: Congratulations!

1st Art Junket Salon and 1st Junketeers. 2015. Maureen, Ana, Sara, Erin, Lorren, Cristelle, Katie.


1.1 Illumination (

Maureen: “Well of Souls” (Native American pot); “Glass of Light”

Erin: Fairy Houses

Katie: “Underlying Colors: Rocks of Point Reyes”

Ana: “Cielito Lindo” (Rotablo)

Lorren: “Illumination” (mosaic)

Kay: “Illumination” (photo of self in office)


1.2 Rhythm (

Maureen: “Man and Guitar” (photo of Don)

Erin: “StoryTeller” (handmade book)

Katie: “Phases” (flowers in memorium of Leo)

Ana: “Mexican Hat Dance”


1.3 Taboo (

Maureen: “Electric Plug”

Katie: “Silence”

Ana: “Aztec Moon Goddess”

Lorren: “The Two Faces of Green”


1.4 Self Portrait  (

Maureen: self portrait as photographer. Acrylic

Erin: “Be Still, My Beating Heart”

Katie: self portrait  –

Ana: self portrait – dancing mermaid



2.1 Enigma (

Maureen: “Searching for God”. Acrylic

Erin: “Be Still, My Beating Heart”

Katie: “Canyons of the Unknown”

Ana: “Mar Rojo”

Lorren: “The Life After” (two half hearts (clay, feathers)

Tony: “Composition #3” (inspired, in part by son, Raylan)


2.2 Bed (

Maureen: “Erin, Katie, and the Country Fence”

Erin: “Dreams and Visions”

Katie: “Morning”

Ana: “Bedroom, Albuquerque, 1982”

Lorren: “White Light”

Tony: “Blackstar” (David Bowie)

2.3 Angles (

Maureen: “On the Shoulders of Giants”

Katie: “San Francisco: A Day” ( 3 pieces)

Erin: “Triangles” (hanging curtain of triangles)

Ana: “Hopscotch #2”; “Las Casas Rosas”

Tony: “TONY”

2.4 Poetry (

Maureen: “Blades of Grass”

Katie: “Breathing”

Ana: “Usufruct”

Tony: “The Apple Tree” (mural)

Mary Louise: Turtle”

David: “Mad Fish”

2.5 Zen (

Maureen: “A Study in Curiosity”

Katie: “Changing Faces. Changing Lines”

Tony: “With a Hose”

Mary Louise: “Zen Doodle”

David: “Recycle Zen” (fountain)

Kay: “Sans Souci-Yerba Buena Gardens”



3.1 Dissonance (

Maureen: “The Scree of Time”

Erin: “Awash”

Katie: “Your Brain on Nature”

Ana: “Mar Rojo”

Lorren: “Of Ashes”

Tony: “Sound and Vision ”

Mary Louise: “Fall”

David: “Recycle Zen” (fountain)

Tao: “Landmarks 1”

Brian: “Light the Fire, Catch the Wind”

Annelise: “Choose your Adventure”


3.2 Genesis (

Maureen: “Kafé Japan”

Erin: “Potentially”

Katie S: “Eve”

Ana: “Popol Vuh, Revisted”

Tony: “Purple Reign ”

Tao: “A Way of Seeing”

Brian: “Genesis 1”

Annelise: “Tears”

Lucy: “She Took the Apple”

Zoey: “Flow”

Kate O: ”Connections”


3.3 Still Life (

Maureen: “Dusk” (Photo and Ink)

Erin: “Suspended”

Katie S: “Alcatraz Island”

Ana: “Adelita Dress”

Tony: “Distill Life ”

Tao: Untitled (black and white photograph)

Brian: “Cast Offs”

Mary Louise: “Still Life” (watercolor)

Lucy: “Still Beautiful”

Zoey: “Sacred Stillness”

Katie O: ”Still Life”

3.4 Blue (

Maureen: “The Moment: 2017 Solar Eclipse”

Erin: (layered paper and light)

Katie S: “Blue Whale”

Ana: “Quinceañera”

Tony: “Blucifero ”

Brian: (3 etchings)

Annelise: (mountains, moons)

Zoey: “Lady Lion”

Katie O: (burned flower painting)



Salon 3:4 – Blue



by Maureen Fitzmahan

Blue: The Salon was held in Berkeley, California at Zoey Olbum’s home.

The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, Annelise Dohrer, and Katie Osenga.

This month’s theme was “Blue.”

The Art

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Dorothea Lange, photographer


Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street (at 10th Street)
August 11, 2017.  5 – 10 p.m.

Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother.

The photograph that has become known as “Migrant Mother” is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month’s trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the Resettlement Administration. In 1960, Lange gave this account of the experience:

I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.”

The images were made using a Graflex camera. The original negatives are 4×5″ film. (


Enjoy the best—and biggest—street market in the Bay this summer with OMCA and Off the Grid! Friday Nights @ OMCA is now open an extra hour later, and expands onto Oak Street, adding even more food trucks to help quench your thirst for delicious local cuisine. Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

What to expect on August 11:

5–10 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–10 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–10 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store open with great artisan California-themed gifts, apparel, books, toys, and more
5–9:30 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: Gardens open for family fun
5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA, featuring local vendors selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–6:30 pm: August resident DJ Suavecito Souldies spinning vinyl in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: Make a Summer Zine in the OMCA Gardens
6:30–7 pm: Salsa dance instruction with Nick and Serena of Salsa Vale Todo in the 10th Street Ampitheater
6:30–8:30 pm: Live music from The Bob and Lenny Show setting the mood in the Oak Street Plaza
7–9 pm: Live music with Latin fusion band Debajo del Agua in the 10th Street Amphitheater

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $7 flat fee after 5 pm. Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm.

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Salon 3.3 – Still Life

by Maureen Fitzmahan

The Art Junket artists

Still Life: The Salon was held in Pittsburg, California at Erin Mahollitz’s home.  A hot summer day of art.

The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Mary Louise Harrington, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tao Graham, Lucy Beck, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, and Katie Osenga.

This month’s theme was “Still Life.”  The art and the happy faces speak for themselves.

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Salon 3.2 – Genesis

by Maureen Fitzmahan

Zoey, Tony, Brian, Annelise

The 2nd Salon* of the 3rd series of The Art Junket was hosted by Ana Perches.

The Salon was attended by 13 artists: Erin Mahollitz, Katie Strange, Maureen Fitzmahan, Tony Jones, Brian Nelson, Tao Graham, Randolph Torres, Annelise Dohrer, Ana Perches, Katie Osenga, Lucy Beck, Zoey Olbum, and Kate Sbani.

This months’ theme, Genesis, inspired many of us to do a reexamination of our work and our work process.  For those of us who have been around for a long time, I believe that our work has reached new heights. We have many new members.  The diversity of work and members is seen in the kind of art being produced.

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Salon 3.1 – Dissonance

Tony Jones.  Critique.

The first meeting of the 3rd series of The Art Junket was hosted by Katie Strange.

The Soirée was attended by 11 artists: Erin Mahollitz, Katie Strange, Maureen Fitzmahan, Lorren Butterwick, Mary Louise Harrington, Tony Jones, Brian Nelson, Tao Graham, Cristian Aguilar, Annelise Dohrer, Ana Perches.


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